The Mission Inn in Riverside California is a magnificent Mission-Revival style hotel spanning an entire city block. The hotel began in 1876 as Christopher Columbus Miller’s family adobe and was built up over the years by Christopher’s son, Frank Miller. The hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and is an architectural marvel, in addition to housing magnificent works of art from Frank Miller’s extensive collection. The Mission Inn also has a haunted reputation.
During a tour of the Mission Inn catacombs, Los Angeles Paranormal snapped this picture down a corridor. In examining the photos later, we noticed something unusual. Do you see a mysterious figure peering out from one of the alcoves on the right? There was no one in the corridor when this picture was taken. Could this be the ghost of the hotel’s eccentric original owner, Frank Miller? Or is it simply a trick of light and shadow? Mr Miller kept a vast collection of art and antique collectibles in the catacombs. He would often roam the hotel grounds and the corridors of the catacombs dressed as a Franciscan monk.
Frank Miller’s younger sister, Alice, lived at the hotel until her death in the 1940’s. It was Alice who commissioned the hotel’s famous Glockenspiel, but sadly did not live to see it’s completion. Her former room, now called Aunt Alice’s room, is reported to be one of the most haunted in the hotel. One hotel staff member we spoke to told us that staff have actually quit after having experiences in this room. Reports run the gamut from cold spots to being touched. Here is a photo of the glass door that Alice used as her front door. Interestingly, the top left pane has an unusual wearing or warping in the smoked glass that causes the effect seen below. Do you see the shape of a face in the window?